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Wow. We had no idea that just off of central Bucharest is a labyrinth of streets with beautiful 19th century mansions. Many are abandoned or in deteriorating condition but you can see how lovely they once were. Others are restored or being restored. Some of
the streets were ethnic communities such as Jewish, French, and Armenian areas. The story behind this part of Bucharest is fascinating, as well as the story of how the communist system destroyed this area and left many of the residences currently in depute over who really
owns them. Our guide was wonderful. She also introduced us to a boutique restaurant where we were able to get a gluten-free lunch. By all means take this tour!!!
Our guide was so informative. She really knew her city and showed us a completely different perspective of Bucharest. great tour.
We spent a few days in Bucharest and were absolutely blown away by it. One of the highlights was definitely this tour - we walked through streets and our guide, Roxana, really brought things to life. Lots of things in Bucharest seem to be hidden behind closed doors and not immediately obvious, so we were pleased to have a local guide to show us round. Highly recommended as it's not the usual dates and statistics, but a real insight into life in the city past and present.
This is in my husband's name, but I am the one who took the tour. :
We had a rocky start, because we didn't spot each other outside my hotel at first, so we started 30 minutes late. And in order to take the tour I had to pay for two people, even though I was alone.
Once we got going, this was a really interesting and educational walk through three lesser unknown neighborhoods. My tour guide was super knowledgeable and very willing to stop along the way for me to take photos or visit homes or buildings that were not scheduled. She paid attention to the fact that I love old abandoned places. She noticed when my interest was peaked, and she always made sure to walk to those places, and she was very patient with all of my photo-taking she even snapped a few herself. She described the history of each place we walked by as well as the history of what it was like in communist Bucharest. She explained why so many of these beautiful mansions and homes are left to sit there, abandoned and crumbling. At the same time we saw places that were being renovated and put to use in the recovering city. We visited a lovely orthodox church, and she even took me into a renovated French victorian home that is now a busy restaurant where she helped me make reservations for that evening. We walked for a little over two hours, and it was perfect. I believe she would have walked further had I wanted to. I highly recommend this walk. It's off the tourist path, which makes it unique.
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